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Latest timber industry news, updated Thursdays.

Safe Work October

Minister for Employment, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, has officially launched National Safe Work Month 2017, reminding Australians that safe workplaces happen when everyone shares their knowledge and experience about what makes work safe. Source: Timberbiz “October is National Safe
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Pink is the new colour for Husqvarna

Husqvarna has taken the step to ‘Go Pink’ with Saws for a Cause for McGrath Foundation and announced they will be continuing their partnership with the Foundation in 2017 to assist raise funds for Breast Care Nurses around Australia with their Saws for a Cause. Source: Timberbiz This
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OneFortyOne signs sale with Carter Holt Harvey

OneFortyOne Plantations (OFO) announced it has signed a sale agreement with Carter Holt Harvey (CHH) for the purchase of the Jubilee Highway sawmill in Mount Gambier and the Woodchip operations at Portland.  Source: Timberbiz OFO had previously announced its intention to acquire these
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PF Olsen to manage Kangaroo Island plantation estate

Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers (KIPT) has appointed PF Olsen Australia to manage its plantation estate on Kangaroo Island. Source: Timberbiz PF Olsen will be responsible for the supervision of plantation maintenance, harvest planning and operations, haulage contract management and
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New products to revolutionise engineered wood

Materialize.X launched two new products that it thinks will revolutionize the US$300 billion-a-year engineered wood market. Source: Tech Crunch Part 1: a non-toxic adhesive A lot of engineered wood is created using an adhesive called urea-formaldehyde, which has recently been labeled
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New Forests ethical investors

Every dry season from June through to October, the illegal slash-and-burn techniques used in palm oil and pulp plantations in Indonesia and Malaysia envelope the region in toxic smog. Source: Euromoney The haze has been a life-threatening constant of the region for years. In 1997, Sin
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Macquare Uni innovation hub with innovative design

In a fitting testimony to its purpose, Macquarie University’s new innovation hub was mostly pre-fabricated offsite, and the entire onsite build and fitout completed in five months. Source: The Fifth Estate The hub was designed by Architectus and constructed primarily of timber, includ
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Rio Tinto reaches out to employ Nannup workers

Rio Tinto has reached out to the 21 workers from Nannup Timber Processing – who recently lost their jobs – in a bid to offer them fly-in-fly-out positions at one of their Pilbara sites. Source: The Collie Mail An information session for the workers was held by Rio Tinto at the N
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Canadian expert urges NZ to build more high rise wood

A visiting Canadian building expert is urging New Zealand to make better use of its natural timber to construct more high-rise buildings using wood. Source: Radio NZ Karla Fraser, a senior project manager at Urban One Builders in Vancouver, is in New Zealand for a conference in Rotoru
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